Joshua Admits He Learns From Katie Taylor
While Anthony Joshua is building an empire, Katie Taylor has underwent a similar journey, and the unified heavyweight champion looks to her as an inspiration.
Katie Taylor returns to the ring this weekend to defend her WBA and IBF lightweight titles against WBO champion Rose Volante in Philadelphia.
“When I watch her, I learn from her as well,” Joshua told Sky Sports of the Irish world champion. “Even as a champion, I watch her and think I need to do something like that. She has her skills and technique down to a tee.” “I think for Katie and anyone who is fighting, it’s just important to be yourself. She’s definitely going to become undisputed champ.
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“She’s very calming, which is working for her, she’s a beast in the ring, and just keep on doing what you’re doing.
“Some people talk a good game on the outside, but they don’t fight like it on the inside.”
Joshua and Taylor both went from 2012 Olympic gold medalists to two the biggest fighters in the United Kingdom, and Joshua lauds Taylor’s passion for boxing as they key to it all.
“Without loving the game, you’re never going to acquire the fame,” said Joshua.
“She’s done everything from the Olympics, fought in Ireland, fought in the UK, fought in the States, so naturally her dedication to the sport is taking her around the world anyway, and getting her the fame and recognition that you do need in the sport.
“Don’t make that your priority and the principle of why you do what you do, because fame and being popular does not win fights.”
Initial Report: Sky Sports